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Millstream Hefe "R" Weissen - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Now this is a Hefeweissen made for Iowa! We took a little liberty with putting a twist on the name and making ours a Hefe"r"weissen to fit in the whole Iowa thing we have going on at Millstream Brewery.

While we took liberties and played with the name, we did not compromise on making a true German Hefeweizen. As with a Hefeweizen, ours is quite sweet and fruity, with a full body. Our yeast produces the unique phenolic flavors of banana and cloves. It is very lightly hopped so it has little bitterness.

12 IBU

(Beer added by: cokes on 08-27-2002)
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Photo of falloutsnow
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From: Hyvee, Council Bluffs, IA
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass
Date: "July" is notched on bottle label, from July 2012

Millstream's hefeweizen comes across like a bad homebrew version of the style: it's not appealing to look at, it's missing most of the expected aromas (and really any interesting scent at all), and tastes fairly mediocre. One I would not bother with locating or trying again.

Pours a 0.5cm cap of white foam that dissipates extremely rapidly, leaving no lace at all. Body is an opaque golden orange color, with light bringing out the pale orange-yellow tones. Carbonation is nonexistent through the haze of the body. About the only thing that would detract the score further would be the presence of floaties.

Aroma is primarily of muddied yeast with bread-like malt scents. I don't detect anything I would consider banana, phenolic, or remotely hefeweiss-like in this beer: it smells like bread dough that's been sitting out for a bit too long.

Opening flavor is of bread dough, which by mid-palate is modified slightly to include a bit of very mild banana flavor and some mineral qualities that are probably from the water. Back of palate picks up a bit of a bit of tartness alongside the continued yeasty bread dough and banana flavors. Lingering aftertaste of yeast and dough, not particularly exciting.

Beer is medium-light to light bodied, with low carbonation, which produces a slightly sluggish and watery mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

Photo of Herky21
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of LordofTime25
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a amber hue that is very clear with a white head that will last for a while, but has very spotty lacing.

Smells bit of banana and bubblegum. No clove spiciness at all. Wheat malt biscuity aroma barely present.

Tastes sweet with a fruity element. There is also a bitterness. You can taste ahint of hops.

Light bodied with crisp dry finish. Too carbonated though.

OK beer definatly wouldn't drink as my primary Hefe!

Photo of bismarksays
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of ajzy
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of erjbeer
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of BierStein711
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of gmfessen
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear (relatively) golden color with a non-existent head. The nose is slightly sweet and fruity but lacks any of the standard hefe phenols, banana or clove smells. There is a slight hint of the phenols in the flavor, light banana and clove sensations do come through a little. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a minimal carbonation which has a smooth feel. Overall a drinkable beer, not bad tasting but very underwhelming. My bottle is labeled as the "Hefe Weissen" not the "R" as it now is so I'm guessing I could be drinking an older beer. The side of the label has June notched off, but there is no year so this could be from last year or even previous. I hope that a fresher version would be much more impressive.

Photo of bravefan44
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of TheDeuce
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Millstream Heffer-weizen in a bottle

Appearance-pale gold color with a cloudy hazy complexion. Light one finger head.

Smell-a little of the hazy spice and malt, spice and alcohol, a little banana peel.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light mouthfeel, breaded malts and a watery feel, banana spice mixed with wheat. Alcohol fairly hidden, lots of carbonation and flavors are strong. Finishes relatively clean with a last note of light spice and malt.

Overall-Passable, not a true standout. Better versions out there.

Photo of tayner
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz stubby bottle courtesy of BuckeyeNation.

Pours a cloudy, unfiltered tan color with a white frothy head that doesnt last long.

Smell is ripe banana, clove, and lighter fruit, maybe pear.

Taste is strong on the over-ripe banana with a hint of clove. not picking up much of the pear aroma in the taste. There is a husky aftertaste as well.

This one is light to medium in the mouthfeel, not much to dry the palate.

It does not finish crisp or clean which for me makes it tough to drink. I would not choose this one again although it was not horrible at all, just not at the top of the style, and with so many choices this would not be mine.

Photo of chickenflea
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Cedar Rapids airport bar. This beef is just too heavy in ultisols ways. Very thick mouthfeel, cloying sweetness and a very chewy mouthfeel. It comes off more like an imperial version of the style. The color is good. The aroma is close wit good banana and clove. But some balancing citrus notes would have been optimal. Also the draft version had a slight alcohol burn! I am not sure what Millstream wag shooting for with this brew, but it was just too much off-style for my tastes

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon pilsner glass. August bottled on date.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger coarse, white head that dissipates quickly into a thin film atop the brew. Beer is a cloudy yellow with a slight orange tint. Lacing is spotty at best with little cling.

S: A good amount of skunkiness in the aroma. Sweet in the background with a nice spiciness and a subtle, lemon citrus twang.

T: Opens lemon, slight wheat spiciness, and a strong, malt backbone. This one gets sweeter and sweeter as it progresses. But there's not much else going on. Spices peak through every now and then but this one is very malt-forward. Wheaty finish and a sweet, filmy aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, crisp, and highly carbonated. Watery going down though a bit filmy in parts, which throws me off a bit. Finish is accented and aftertaste lingers.

D: A bit too sweet for my liking, but still, quite a drinkable brew. Not much complexity here, but given the style, quite appropriate. The body and aroma could use a little work though.

Photo of cokes
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Muddy golden-orange body, with minimal head. Good lacing however.
Appealing nose of banana, pear and clove.
Taste follows suit with banana, clove, and (guess what) pear. Relatively large dough flavors, with some slightly sour yeast notes. Mushy banana aftertaste. Not bad, but nothing dazzling. Seems restrained.
Body is somewhat spritzy, but lacks substance. Thin, and not very creamy.
Not a beer I'd choose to consume in quantity, since there are alot of great hefeweizens around. This is far from the worst I've had, but equally far from the best.

Photo of Eric908
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very attractive brew, but, then again, all hefes are attractive to me. Poured a cloudy light-wheat, which was close to straw blond. Three fingers of thick head developed, but there was little retention.

Smell: Banana and lemon dominate, but there is also a sweet apple cider aroma and bubble gum. The yeast comes through, too, as well as some clove spiciness.

Taste: Lemon sweetness is prevalent, but the banana takes a back seat, even to the bubble gum. The yeast is more pronounced than it was in the smell, and the clove is much more powerful.

Drinkability: It's not complex, but it's good drinking. The Amana's German founders would approve, I think.

Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Chucker17
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich amber with pale lemon edges and a pristine interior that indicates filtering. I hope the hefeweizen yeast character hasn't been filtered out (as in most kristalweizens). The snow white crown is neither attractive nor ugly, but somewhere in between. Acceptable foam persistence and a decent amount of sudsy lace help the cause.

Cloves are barely detectable and there are no banana esters either. Nor is there much wheatiness goin' on. Hell, there isn't much emanating from the glass at all. Is this a true hefe or is it a pale wheat? Warming pulls the nose, kicking and screaming, up to average.

One sip is all it takes to confirm that Hefe Weissen isn't simply Windmill Wheat with a new label. While I couldn't appreciate fruit and spice in the first few sniffs, the flavor profile is much closer to where it needs to be. This isn't an outstanding effort, but it ain't half bad either.

The barley and wheat malt backbone is just about right in terms of heft. Sweetness and bitterness are pretty closely matched, with spiciness nipping at their heels. This offering definitely isn't bland. The hefeweizen banan-o-meter score is a respectable 2.5/4.0 and the clove esters are warm and mildly pungent.

Mouthfeel is a tough call. The underlying light creaminess is nice, but the harshness of the bubbles isn't. The fact that they're settling down as the ounces pass is the main reason why the score ends up where it does.

Millstream Hefe Weissen (label)/Hefeweissen (website) is pretty good, pretty drinkable beer. Although it's nowhere close to scaring the Bavarians, it's a nice option for those Iowans who prefer local products. Guaranteed freshness is nothing to sneeze at.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy tangerine gold color with a below average sized, foamy, bubbly, white head. Not great retention with a thin bubbly layer of lace left.

S - Good amount of banana and a lot of bubblegum aroma. Hints of clove and other spices. Some musty, grainy, wet wheat in the background. A touch of cracker in the background as well.

T - Similar to the nose with typical flavors for the style. Plenty of banana and bubblegum. Fair amount of clove, pepper, and lemon zest come in and out as well. Some grainy wheat taste along with a bit of a bread flavor in the background. Nothing too exciting, but it mixes well together.

M - On the fuller side of a light body with plenty of carbonation. Has a bit of a bubbly/zesty/spritzy feel that detracts some of the smoothness.

D - Not too sweet or spicy. Easy to drink beer with a nice amount of flavor traditionally found in the style.

Notes: Not a bad beer. Displays flavors and aromas typical of the style with the bubblegum aspect maybe a touch stronger than others. Not as full of a head or as creamy as others in the style, and the flavors didn't wow me as much as some others. All in all this isn't too bad of a beer and pretty easy to drink.

Photo of tdawgydog
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So let me preface this review by saying that I lived in Germany for 3 years as a young lad so I was able to enjoy some of the best Hefeweisen this world has to offer.
I was given a bottle of this by my soon to be brother-in-law, it came as part of his most recent beer of the month club shipment. I choose it because Hefe's are one of my favorite styles of beer. I was a little surprised to see that it is brewed in Iowa, never really thought of Iowa as a hotbed for micro-brews. None the less the beer poured a little less cloudy than I am normally used to (for a hefe) a good two finger head quickly dissipated and left a slight lace around my glass. The brew was enjoyable. As another reviewer already said certainly not the best hefe that I have ever had and certainly not the worst. I would drink it again if it were offered to me, and I'll be sure to thank my brother-in-law the next time I see him. Thanks Brent!

Photo of katan
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Light white golden color - apparently from the very high amount of yeast suspension. Head formation is very strong, well retained. Bright white incolor.

S - A combination of some bready wheat notes with a lesser amount of banana and clove yeast notes. Esters are present, but perhaps not to the level of most hefes.

T - Starts off with some light wheat sweetness and a bit of hull-like astringency. Mid-stream hides the bitterness, and shows little hops. Only on the aftertaste does the esters, banana and clove, of the yeast shine through. Some almost bubblegum like tastes are present in the aftertaste.

M - Light body - carbonation is strong and biting however. No coating sensations. A bit of creaminess does hang around for a second.

D - Easily drinkable, as a hefe should be. ABV is low enough to be manageable.

A solid beer, but unfortunately nothing exception in the world of traditional German hefes.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to hero27 for the chance to try this neat beer. another rainy day, another barbeque, another wheat. A trend if you read my reviews in my sequence, pointless notes otherwise. A nice golden color with a white head. Very light wheat notes dominate. Light bodied, summer session beer. I'd be curious to try this on tap if I'm in the Iowa area.

Photo of Handy50322
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Vixie
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a hint of orange when held up to the light, and a lot of bubbles from the carbonation. Forms a pretty good sized white head that soon reduces to about a half inch of head.

Smell is bready, good amount of yeast and malt.

Starts out fruity, kind of lemon like. There is a hint of banana and clove as well, the downside is a bit of a funky flavor at the back, probably from the hops.

Feel is good, the carbonation adds a lot of tingling.

A decent wheat beer, but a bit short of the really good ones. What keeps this from from being better to me is the finish and the aftertaste. It starts out nice enough, good flavors there, but the back and aftertaste don't really mesh with the front, leaving kind of a weird aftertaste. It is easy to drink, and not bad, just not outstanding.

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Millstream Hefe "R" Weissen from Millstream Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.